Hinnom is a dark and dangerous region which comprises the easternmost peninsula of Tirith. No single entity can claim
rulership over the land, which is plagued with aberrations and undead menaces
which seem to appear out of nowhere. The seas which surround the peninsula are
dangerous, barely navigable, and full of monsters; many believe that the
monsters which walk the Hinnom simply arise from the sea. The few civilized
people who populate the region are fierce barbarian tribes who see it as their
sacred duty to war against the horrors which stalk the land. The Hinnom is also
the last outpost of the organized remains of the Goblin Horde, driven to the
edge of Tirith.
Land: The Hinnom
is a land where the climate does not seem to obey any natural order; the days
are usually hot while the nights are very cold, and the severity of the winter
and summer can vary a great deal from year to year. The countryside is mostly
flat, and often barren, dotted by occasional, often solitary mountains and
tribes which dare to try and survive in the Hinnom are generally fierce,
unyielding, and superstitious. They are hostile towards anything which appears
monstrous or magical and comport themselves with some degree of arrogance
toward the cultures of other nations, which, in the estimation of the Hinnom
tribesmen, owe their continued existence to the efforts of the warrior tribes.
Although the Coda word for those who reside in the Hinnom would be “Hinnomam,”
the tribes resent this appellation fiercely; they may live in the Hinnom, but
are certainly not of the blighted
land. They refer to themselves as the Topetham, meaning “warden people.”
Topetham eke out a living through whatever agriculture they can manage, and
also by occasional raids into Medhir; they see the spoils of their raids as
tribute owed to them for their work.
Topetham mostly speak Coda. Many are familiar with languages such as Goblin,
Giant, Abyssal, Cthonian, and Infernal, but consider it bad luck to speak them
in most situations.
Races: The vast
majority of Topetham are human, with a few Tyrvani tribes and an even smaller
Ardra population in the forests and marshes along the northern coast.
Verlain, and Maanlua are the primary deities of the Topetham. The Topetham are
also some of the only people on Tirith who maintain the cult of the dead god,
Damarand, a deity of vigilance and loyalty.